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Grid Tied PV LEED PLATINUM RATED, super insulated shell with 2" closed cell urethane foam and 6" to 8" recycled dense pack cellulose sprayed insulation; locally sourced natural materials: hemlock siding, quarried mica schist floor tiles and paving stone, red oak flooring harvested from building footprint; energy efficient rehabilitation of small existing timber frame structure with an addition whose natural materials blend into the regional context; Do not use GPS, google maps or Map Quest--use directions given.

Other Benefits:

Efficient, maintenance free, comfortable, economical

Maintenance Requirements:

No maintenance. Off line for two weeks during the winter due to excessive ice build up during a winter storm. Photovoltaic panels melt quickly

Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:

Loose Fill Cellulose Daylighting, Energy Star Appliances, Energy Star rated, FSC Certified Wood, Green Roof, Local Materials, Non-Toxic Products, Rain Garden, Recycled Materials, Super Insulated Walls/ Roof

My Motivation:

Fascination with the efficiency of green building. As a landscape designer I'm concerned with the integration of sustainable home and landscape


I am interested in long term economy and the preservation of a healthy environment. Aesthetics can also be an exciting factor in this equation.

Experience with Installer:

I researched installers very carefully and saw several of their installations before making a choice. My experience was very positive, because I did my homework.

Additional Notes:

Aesthetics drove many of my choices, and design was a key issue. Preservation of a natural site was well articulated by the LEED requirements.

Open House Info:

DIRECTIONS: MA PIKE West to Rt 91 North. Off Rt 91 take Exit 24. Follow Rt 116 West through South Deerfield, Conway to Ashfield. After several miles you will enter the historic town district of Ashfield. Take your first right onto BAPTIST CORNER ROAD at a small four-way intersection (white Episcopal church on left, red clapboard stage coach inn on right). It is signposted for Edge Hill Golf Course. Proceed approximately two miles, take your first left onto BARNES ROAD (signposted for Edge Hill Golf Course). Go approximately two miles. Pass the golf course on your right, road turns to dirt. Take a sharp right continuing on BARNES ROAD, pass a horse farm. The next house is 719 BARNES ROAD, clearly marked, on the left. If you see the BEAVER POND you have gone too far. DIRECTIONS FROM RT 2: From Route 2 Shelburne Falls, go south on Rt 112 until the intersection of Rt 112 and Rt 116 (Ashfield). Proceed left on Rt 116 (Main Street, Ashfield). Pass the Fire Station on the right, take a left on Baptist Corner Road. Proceed 2 miles, left on Barnes Road. Pass Edge Hill Golf Course on right, continue 2 miles on dirt road. Pass a horse farm on left, BEAVER LODGE is next house on the left, set in the woods, clearly marked. Edible Landscape, organic vegetable, herb and fruit garden instead of front lawn; vertical gardening 90% preservation of the native habitat and natural vegetation in a non-disturbance zone; Bio swales, buffer zone and rain garden designed to capture runoff; natural pool/bio-retention Rainwater harvesting with cistern used for garden irrigation; Water features such as rain chain and runnels become art objects in the landscape; environmental land art by participating artists; Forest Stewardship Management Plan

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